PetSmart Careers

Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Procedure for U.S. Stores (including Puerto Rico) and SSG

PetSmart conducts its business with a high regard for the health and safety of its Associates and the public. Any Associate who uses illegal drugs, abuses prescription or over-the-counter drugs, or abuses alcohol is a hazard to himself or herself, other Associates, our customers, and the general public. PetSmart expects Associates to report for work in proper condition (not under the influence of a drug or alcohol) to perform their duties and maintain a productive environment.

PetSmart reserves the right to conduct unannounced searches of Associates and their property, including searches of containers and handbags, or of PetSmart-furnished property such as lockers, desks and secured areas of PetSmart premises. Such PetSmart-furnished property is subject to search even in cases where Associates have supplied their own keys or locks.

Associates who voluntarily seek help for an alcohol or drug problem prior to violating this policy will be offered help through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

The Employee Assistance Program is a program designed to help Associates with personal problems, including drug and alcohol impairment problems. (More specific information about our EAP is available from the Benefits Department.)

The policy of encouraging the use of the EAP is directed to the Associate with an alcohol or drug abuse problem and is not to be interpreted as conflicting with the rule on sale, purchase, use, possession, manufacture, distribution, consumption, solicitation, or dispensing of drugs or alcohol or of having a prohibited level of drugs or alcohol in an Associate's system during the course of employment, whether on PetSmart premises or off premises during performance of PetSmart business.

Associates who are referred to an EAP and Associates who voluntarily avail themselves of help for alcohol and drug problems from an EAP must abide by PetSmart rules. Associates enrolled in an EAP are subject to normal discipline.

Prohibited conduct

The following activities constitute Prohibited Conduct:

Persons subject to testing

PetSmart reserves the right to require individuals to submit to an alcohol impairment test or drug test under the circumstances identified below. The following persons are subject to testing:

Circumstances under which testing will be required

PetSmart may require alcohol and drug testing for any job-related purpose including, but not limited to, the following circumstances:

Drug and/or alcohol tests will be mandatory for all Associates who are directly involved in one or more of the following:

Testing

All sample collection and testing for alcohol and drugs will be performed in accordance with appropriate state and local laws.

Right of an associate, on request, to explain in a confidential setting, a positive test result.

Upon written request, Associates will have the opportunity to explain in a confidential setting, a positive test result. Written requests should be directed to the Vice President of Field HR or his or her designated representative. At SSG, the Vice President of SSG HR.

Confidentiality of test results

PetSmart will afford reasonable confidentiality to test results, consistent with the needs of the PetSmart's operations and business and the need to have the results of tests and the consequences of those results reviewed and considered by those individuals deemed appropriate by PetSmart.

Rights of associates, on request, to obtain written test results

Associates may obtain a copy of their written test results upon written request for such results. Written requests should be directed to the Vice President of Field HR or his or her designated representative or, for SSG associates, the Vice President of SSG HR.

Drug & Alcohol corrective action guidelines

Consequences of Refusal to Participate in or Cooperate with Testing

An applicant who refuses to submit to a drug and/or an alcohol impairment test, switches or adulterates a test sample, or otherwise fails to cooperate fully with the administration of a test will not be considered for employment, and an Associate who refuses to submit to a drug and/or an alcohol impairment test, switches or adulterates a test sample, or otherwise fails to cooperate fully with the administration of a test will be terminated.

Adverse Personnel Action Based on Prohibited Conduct

When a drug or alcohol test result is positive, the following actions may take place:

Refusal of an Associate to cooperate in an investigation, or to submit to a search when requested to do so, may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Glossary of terms

PetSmart Premises: PetSmart premises are all areas in which PetSmart operates, including, but not limited to, its owned or leased property, stores, parking lots, receiving areas, warehouses, offices, buildings, vehicles, equipment, lockers, desks, work space and storage facilities.

Confirmation Test: A second test to confirm a positive result.

Nonprescription Drug Abuse: The use of nonprescription drugs such that it creates the potential for interference with performance, safety, attendance, behavior, or PetSmart operations.

Prescription Drug Abuse: The use of prescription drugs such that it creates the potential for interference with performance, safety, attendance, behavior, or PetSmart operations.

Additional Information for Associates and Applicants in Puerto Rico

Associates and applicants in Puerto Rico may request to review PetSmart's internal protocols and regulations for its drug and alcohol testing program in compliance with Puerto Rico law. The protocols and regulations are available from associates' Store Managers upon request.

In Puerto Rico, the following actions may take place for when a drug or alcohol test is positive: